Thursday, 21 Mar 2019

Errol Spence Jr v Mikey Garcia: IBF welterweight championship – live!

  • Garcia (39-0) moves up to 147lbs to face Spence Jr (24-0)
  • Unbeaten champions meet in biggest fight of 2019 so far
  • Tweet Bryan at @BryanAGraham or email him

Well, that was quick. Lindolfo Delgado improved to 9-0 with nine knockouts after a one-round destruction of James Roach in a wildly lopsided mismatch. Delgado, who hardly broke a sweat, outlanded his opponent by a 33-3 margin before finishing it with a couple of big shots upstairs.

Next up: David Benavidez (20-0, 17 KOs) v J’Leon Love (24-2-1, 13 KOs) in a 10-round super middleweight fight.

In the pay-per-view opener Chris Arreola (38-5-1, 32 KOs), once billed as America’s next big thing at heavyweight, rolled back the years with a third-round knockout of the previously unbeaten Jean Pierre Augustin (17-1-1, 12 KOs). The 38-year-old Arreola buckled his opponent with a straight left jab early in the third before dropping him with a barrage of shots in the corner. Augistin managed to beat the count, but Arreola quickly pounced and referee Neal Young waved it off at the 2:30 mark. With Arreola recommitted to his fitness and looking as trim as ever and the heavyweight division looking awfully grim beyond the big three, don’t be surprised if the Californian fights his way into another title shot … even though it’s been nearly a decade since his doomed bid against Vitali Klitschko.

In the second TV bout Mexico’s Luis Nery (29-0, 23 KOs) surged to a fourth-round knockout of Puerto Rico’s McJoe Arroyo (18-3, 8 KOs) in a matchup of former bantamweight champions. Nery dropped his overmatched opponent in the second, the third, then twice in the fourth before the Arroyo’s corner refused to let him continue into the fifth. A smashing US debut for the Tijuana puncher.

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